Scots raise nearly £2m for Cyclone Idai appeal

Almost £2 million has been raised in Scotland for people affected by Cyclone Idai, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has said.

The coalition of aid organisations launched an emergency appeal last week after the cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing at least 700 people and leaving 2.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

Strong winds and widespread flooding ripped apart roads, bridges, houses, schools and health facilities and submerged agricultural land.

The DEC said its member charities have been working closely with national partners to support government-led relief efforts, delivering clean water, emergency shelter materials and blankets, food and urgent health assistance.

The DEC said support is still needed and volunteers have been out on the streets of Glasgow this weekend collecting for the appeal, which has now raised £21 million across the UK and nearly £2 million in Scotland.

Sally Foster Fulton, the DEC chair in Scotland, said: “We know how much so many people care in Scotland when disaster strikes on this scale, wherever it may be. The people of Scotland have once again shown they are outstanding global citizens.

“However, this emergency is far from over so if you haven’t done so already, please donate to the DEC appeal.”

Donations can be made at www.dec.org.uk, by texting SUPPORT to 70000 to give £5, or by calling 0370 60 60 610.

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